PSA Newsletter: Vol. 10 No. 2: June 2004

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by Malcolm Forster, http://philosophy.wisc.edu/forster

IN THIS ISSUE:

  1. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Philosophy of Biology Graduate Training Workshop, San Francisco, Sept. 23-26, 2004. Deadline July 14. http://www.ishpssb.org/workshop2004/
  2. ANNOUNCEMENT: Memberships in the School of Historical Studies for the academic year 2005-2006, Institute for Advance Study, Princeton, NJ. http://www.hs.ias.edu/hsannoun.htm
  3. FELLOWSHIPS: The Duke University Center for Philosophy of Biology.
  4. GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS: Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. http://sciencestudies.ucsd.edu
  5. POSITION: University of Pittsburgh, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Tenured/tenure stream faculty position. Deadline: September 1, 2004.
  6. PSA ANNOUNCEMENT: Jeff Barrett has agreed to serve as the Chair of the PSA Nominating Committee.

PSA LINKS:

PSA 2004 Biennial Meeting: http://www.temple.edu/psa2004
PSA website: http://philosophy.wisc.edu/PSA/
Philosophy of Science journal: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/PHILSCI/home.html
PhilSci Archives: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/

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1. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Philosophy of Biology Graduate Training Workshop, San Francisco, Sept. 23-26, 2004. Deadline July 14. http://www.ishpssb.org/workshop2004/

FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN THE HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY, AND SOCIAL STUDIES OF BIOLOGY WORKSHOP.

A Philosophy of Biology Graduate Training Workshop is being held in San Francisco, September 23-26, 2004. The 2004 ISHPSSB Future Directions Workshop (FDISH) will be an excellent opportunity for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, post-docs and young faculty interested in philosophy of biology. We have an interactive schedule planned with great faculty participants, and hope that you will strongly encourage those in your department with a professional interest in philosophy of biology to apply to attend our workshop.

FDISH is structured around four invited speakers, various small-group roundtable discussions, practical workshops, and planned, but informal, meetings with faculty from around the greater San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere.

The workshop features talks by Jay Odenbaugh (Lewis and Clark College), Jason Robert (Arizona State University), Kim Sterelny (The Australian National University and Victoria University, Wellington), and Edna Suárez Diaz (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), as well as other faculty participants.

The application deadline is July 14th, so please get those applications in as soon as possible! Furthermore, we have funds available for graduate student travel reimbursement (though students must be ISHPSSB members to qualify). Please apply online: http://www.ishpssb.org/workshop2004/registration.htm

If you have any questions about our workshop, please do not hesitate to write me. Below I have attached a flyer that can be posted to advertise our workshop, I would appreciate it if you could print it out and post where appropriate.

The philosophy of biology is intertwined closely with the history and sociology of biology, and so graduate training in these areas should also be integrated. As such, FDISH has invited and seeks scholars and graduate students of these, and other, disciplines to join us.

Matt Haber
UC Davis, Department of Philosophy; Center for Population Biology
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information, please visit the website at: http://www.ishpssb.org/workshop2004/


2. ANNOUNCEMENT: Memberships in the School of Historical Studies for the academic year 2005-2006, Institute for Advance Study, Princeton, NJ

THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY was founded in 1930 as a community of scholars in which intellectual inquiry can be carried out in the most favorable circumstances. It provides Members with libraries, offices, seminar and lecture rooms, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities and some secretarial and word-processing services.

THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and far eastern civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, the history of art, and modern international relations. The School also offers the Edward T. Cone Membership in Music Studies. Qualified candidates of any nationality are invited to apply for memberships. Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. If they wish, Members may participate in seminars and meetings both within the Institute and at nearby universities, and there are ample opportunities for contacts with other scholars.

Approximately forty Members are appointed for either one or two terms each year. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required of all candidates at the time of application. Member awards are funded by the Institute for Advanced Study or by other sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Thyssen Foundation.

APPLICATION may be made for one or two terms (September to December, January to April). Further information and application materials may be found on the School's web site, www.hs.ias.edu, or they can be obtained from the Administrative Officer, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 (electronic mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Completed applications must be returned to the Administrative Officer by 15 November 2004.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

MELLON FELLOWSHIPS FOR ASSISTANT PROFESSORS are also offered each year to two qualified Assistant Professors. These full-year memberships are designed specifically for assistant professors at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada to support promising young scholars who have embarked on professional careers. Applicants must have served at least two, and not more than four years as assistant professors in institutions of higher learning in the United States or Canada and must have approval to return to their institution following the period of membership. Stipends will match the combined salary and benefits at the Member's home institution at the time of application, and all the privileges of membership at the Institute for Advanced Study will apply. Application materials are the same as for membership, and can be obtained from the web at www.hs.ias.edu, or by contacting the Administrative Officer at the address above.

ACLS/FREDERICK BURKHARDT FELLOWSHIPS FOR RECENTLY TENURED SCHOLARS:

In the academic year 2005-2006 the Institute for Advanced Study will again take part in a program sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowships. These fellowships support more adventurous, more wide-ranging, and longer-term patterns of research than are current in the humanities and related social sciences. Depending on the availability of funds, ACLS will provide fellowships for up to eleven recently tenured faculty, most of whom will spend a year at one of several residential research centers, including the Institute for Advanced Study. A scholar applying for the academic year 2005-2006 must normally have begun her/his tenured contract at a U.S. institution no earlier than the fall 2000 semester or quarter. Applicants must submit a research plan, typically covering a three to five year period; one of the first three years of research could be spent as a Member at the Institute, either in the School of Historical Studies or the School of Social Science.

Qualified candidates who would like to apply under the auspices of this program should visit the ACLS website, http://www.acls.org/burkguid.htm, for a more detailed description of the terms of the fellowship and information about how to apply. Applications for this program must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (OFA) no later than 9 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, September 30, 2004. OFA is accessible at http://ofa.acls.org or through the ACLS website. Information about this program may also be obtained from the ACLS Fellowships Office, 633 Third Avenue, 8th floor, New York, NY 10017-6795.


3. FELLOWSHIPS: The Duke University Center for Philosophy of Biology

The Duke University Center for Philosophy of Biology announces the availability of up to three National Science Foundation Sponsored Graduate Fellowships in the philosophy of biology each year for the next three years. Qualified students who apply to the Duke graduate programs in Philosophy and in Biology will be considered for these awards. NSF Philosophy of Biology Fellows will work with faculty and post-docs in the Center, undertake the graduate certificate in philosophy of biology, and participate in shaping and delivering the annual Duke Philosophy fog Biology Spring Conference. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The Duke Philosophy of Biology Center also announces that Marshall Abrams, Ph. D. U of Chicago, currently at Colgate University, will be its first NSF Post-doctoral fellow beginning in Sept of 2004. This post-doctoral fellowship will be available in each of the next three years.


4. GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS: Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. http://sciencestudies.ucsd.edu

PROOF, PERSUASION, AND POLICY NSF RTG Grant
The Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a $300,000, three-year research and training grant by the National Science Foundation, under the title "Proof, Persuasion and Policy." This grant will support graduate and post-doctoral training, focused on three thematic areas: Methodologies of the Social Sciences, Models and Prediction, and Disease and Health. Those interested in this initiative may visit our web site at http://sciencestudies.ucsd.edu, or contact our program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS
The Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, expects to award two graduate fellowships in the academic year 2005-06 under our National Science Foundation Research and Training Grant Initiative, "Proof, Persuasion, and Policy." Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in science studies, whose research interests fall under this general rubric, are invited to apply for one of the fellowships. For more information, please visit our web site at http://sciencestudies.ucsd.edu, or contact our program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Dawn Murphy
  • Program Coordinator
  • Science Studies Program
  • UC San Diego
  • 9500 Gilman Drive
  • LaJolla. CA 92093-0104
  • voice: (858) 534-0491
  • fax: (858) 534-7283

5. POSITION: University of Pittsburgh, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Tenured/tenure stream faculty position. Deadline: September 1, 2004.

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Tenured/tenure stream faculty position in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science beginning September 1, 2005, pending budgetary approval.

Area of Specialization: History and philosophy of biology and related areas that naturally complement departmental strengths.

Rank: Open; senior rank preferred.

Responsibilities: Undergraduate and graduate teaching; regular department duties.

Salary: Dependent on qualifications. Ph.D. or equivalent and significant publications required.

Applicants must submit the following materials: curriculum vitae; at least three confidential letters of reference, or, for senior candidates, names of three referees we may contact; evidence of teaching ability; and samples of recent writing. The department regrets that it cannot solicit missing materials from applicants, or return any materials.

Please direct all inquiries and application materials regarding this position to:

  • The Appointment Committee,
  • Department of History and Philosophy of Science,
  • 1017 Cathedral of Learning,
  • University of Pittsburgh,
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members or minority groups underrepresented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: September 1, 2004.

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